MEMORABILIA: 1932 Poster for “London’s most thrilling race of the season”


We’ve just got our hands on an original 86-year-old poster for a famous track meet promoted by Balham CC. Continue reading MEMORABILIA: 1932 Poster for “London’s most thrilling race of the season”

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MEMORABILIA: 80-year-old ‘Balham 100’ Trophy


In our quest to share the stories behind club memorabilia from an illustrious past, we’ve found some club trophies and individual medals but never a trophy for an individual – until now that is. Continue reading MEMORABILIA: 80-year-old ‘Balham 100’ Trophy

MEMORABILIA: 1932 Handbook reveals Balham CC’s all-star supporting cast


If cycling history is your thing then you’ll understand why at BCC Towers we got very excited seeing the names of WJ Pett, HW Bartleet and JCP Tacagni in a recently obtained 1932 Club Handbook. All three were major players in cycling at the turn of the 20th century and all three are listed as club vice-presidents. Continue reading MEMORABILIA: 1932 Handbook reveals Balham CC’s all-star supporting cast

KEN SMITH MEMOIRS: Cycling offers a great escape from 1930’s South London


An extract from the memoirs of former Balham CC secretary and Gazette club magazine editor Ken Smith, covering 1936-1939. With little editing, it gives an insight into the lives of a group of young men from the Balham and South London cycling community having fun before the second world war would change their lives forever. Continue reading KEN SMITH MEMOIRS: Cycling offers a great escape from 1930’s South London